TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A crash involving a motorcycle and a bicycle has killed two people along one of the best-known promenades in Tampa, Florida.
Authorities say the crash happened about 11 a.m. Saturday along Bayshore Boulevard as the cyclist was attempting to cross the street. Bayshore is a popular stretch along Tampa Bay that regularly draws joggers, walkers, cyclists and others — especially now as people seek respite outside from the coronavirus.
The identities of the two people who died were not immediately released. Investigators said the cyclist was in his or her 50s and the motorcyclist was around 30.
Bayshore has been the scene of several other tragic crashes. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Tampa Mayor Jane Castor issued a statement Saturday saying she has ordered the police chief to crack down on speeding and dangerous driving along the popular thoroughfare.
“No loss of life on our streets is acceptable,” the mayor said. “My prayers go out to everyone involved in this reckless tragedy. You have my commitment that we will continue working around the clock to execute and prioritize projects in the city to create safer environments for all of our residents.”
In 2018, three teenagers racing cars struck and killed a woman and her 1-year-old daughter as they tried to cross the street. And in January, the driver of a pool supply truck who authorities say was drunk hit a 70-year-old man with such impact that he was thrown into the bay.